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Career Opportunities within the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). About the NPA. Established in 1998 - Section 179(1) of the Constitution Primary role is to: Institute criminal proceedings on behalf of the State Perform functions incidental to the institution of these proceedings

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about the npa
About the NPA
  • Established in 1998 - Section 179(1) of the Constitution
  • Primary role is to:
    • Institute criminal proceedings on behalf of the State
    • Perform functions incidental to the institution of these proceedings
    • Discontinue prosecutions
about the npa1
About the NPA
  • NPA headed by NDPP:
    • 1998 – 2004: Advocate Bulelani Ngcuka
    • 2005 – current: Advocate Vusi Pikoli
    • 2007 – current Advocate Mokotedi Mpshe (acting)
  • NDPP reports to the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development
npa organisational structure
NPA Organisational Structure






National Special

Services Division







Strategy & Risk



Justice in our society so that people can live in freedom and security


Guided by the Constitution, we in the National Prosecuting Authority ensure justice for the victims of crime by prosecuting without fear, favour or prejudice; by working with our partners and the public to solve and prevent crime.

npa in the cjs


manage courts

provide support to judiciary

  • DSD
  • provides socialservices (e.g. social workers) to ensure restorative justice


investigate crime

gather evidence

make arrests

compile dockets


manage prisonfacilities

rehabilitate offenders


  • institute prosecution
  • discontinue prosecution
  • seize proceeds of crime
NPA in the CJS
national prosecuting services
National Prosecuting Services
  • Core function of the NPA, i.e instituting and conducting criminal prosecution
  • Coordinates and assists the offices of the DPPs and Lower Court Prosecutors
  • Monitors and manages the performance of prosecutors in court
directorate of special operations scorpions
Directorate of Special Operations “Scorpions”
  • Investigate criminal activities committed in an organised fashion
  • Investigate any offences determined by the President by proclamation in the Gazette
  • Focus on crimes of national impact that require the integration of intelligence, investigation and prosecution, supported by modern technology
asset forfeiture unit
Asset Forfeiture Unit
  • Established to make crime unprofitable by seizing assets that are proceeds of crime or used as instruments to commit crime
  • It deals with cases involving all crime with special emphasis on organised crime
  • It uses the asset forfeiture powers contained in Chapter 5 and 6 of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act
  • Asset forfeiture is a new area in SA law
national special services division
National Special Services Division

Headed by Dr Silas Ramaite, NSSD is made up as per figure below:


Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions

Dr Silas Ramaite

Sexual Offences &

Community Affairs

(SOCA) Unit

Witness Protection



Special Commercial

Crime Unit


Priority Crime

Litigation Unit


sexual offences community affairs
Sexual Offences & Community Affairs
  • Specialist Unit dealing with sexual offences against women and children
  • Manages multi-disciplinary centres that care for survivors of rape, called Thuthuzela Care Centres
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Sexual Offences & Community Affairs
  • SOCA’s four core areas of focus:
    • Sexual Offences
    • Child Justice
    • Domestic Violence
    • Maintenance
witness protection unit
Witness Protection Unit
  • The WPU mandate is from the Witness Protection Act 112 of 1998
  • The functions of the Unit include:
    • creating and maintaining successful support services for vulnerable and intimidated witnesses
    • ensuring successful relocation and reintegration of witnesses back into society (After-care)
  • All functions & duties classified ‘Secret’
specialised commercial crime unit
Specialised Commercial Crime Unit
  • Employs specialist prosecutors to coordinate the investigation and lead the prosecution of commercial crime
  • The Unit investigates and prosecutes complex commercial crime matters emanating from the SAPS Commercial Branches
priority crimes litigation unit
Priority Crimes Litigation Unit
  • Established by Presidential Proclamation in March 2003
  • PCLU mandate is to manage and direct the investigations and prosecutions relating to the following:
    • Cases which arise from the TRC:
    • Any other priority crimes determined by the National Director.
    • Serious national and international crimes, including treason, sedition, terrorism and sabotage
office of the ceo
Office of the CEO manages the following supporting units:

Corporate Services (CS)

Integrity Management Unit (IMU)

Communication Unit (CU)

Strategy & Risk

Security & Risk Management

Internal Audit

Office of the CEO

Office of the CEO



corporate services





  • Providing IT and information management topromote effectiveness and efficiency of the NPA
  • Recruitment and retention of staff
  • Training & Development
  • Employee Wellness
  • Organisational Development
  • Labour relations
  • Budgeting and payment of salaries
  • Procurement of goods and services
  • Tender management
  • Contract & fleet management
  • Asset management
  • Research
  • Policy development
  • Knowledge and Information
Corporate Services


Corporate Services (CS)

Head: Ms Beryl Simelane


role of the prosecutor
Role of the Prosecutor
  • Assists the court:
    • in arriving at the truth and just verdict
    • in arriving at a fair sentence based on evidence
  • Represents community in criminal trialsEnsure that interests of victims and witnesses are promoted
  • Key obligation is to act in a balanced and honest manner – without fear, favour or prejudice
prosecutors in court
Prosecutors in Court
  • High Court
    • High profile cases
    • Legislated offences, e.g.
      • Corruption
      • Fraud
    • Only State Advocates
  • Lower / Regional Courts
    • Non-legislated, common law offences, e.g.
    • Theft
    • Common assault
    • Murder
    • Robbery


Chief Prosecutor

Senior State Advocate

Senior Prosecutor

Junior State Advocate

Control Prosecutor

Junior Prosecutor



At least 2 years prosecutorial experience

  • Requirements
  • LLB
  • Aspirant Prosecutor Training
aspirant prosecutor training
Aspirant Prosecutor Training
  • 6 months training programme in NPS
  • Training on specifics related to prosecution
  • Course work includes:
    • Office management
    • Skills development
    • Court administration
    • Intensive practical training on how to conduct prosecutions in court
  • Annual intake - July
dso training
DSO Training
  • DSO trainees start as probationary investigators
  • Training programme:
    • Core skills training – 16 weeks (Boot Camp)
    • Further training in
      • basic investigative procedures
      • understanding of legal and policy requirements
      • safety skills
    • Minimum 80% pass required
  • Training completed – Special Investigator
career opportunities


Appointed by the President, recommended by the NDPP

  • Requirements:
  • Right to appear in High Court; S2 & 3 of Right of Appearance in Courts Act, 1995
  • LLB or higher legal qualification;
  • Extensive knowledge of criminal or civil litigation
  • Requirements:
  • LLB
  • Extensive knowledge of criminal law
  • Requirements:
  • LLB
  • Aspirant Prosecutor Training
Career Opportunities




Senior State


Junior State


Chief Prosecutor

Senior Prosecutor

Junior Prosecutor

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  • Recognised Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification in one of the following areas :
    • IT, Finance, Law, Information Management & Analysis; Social Sciences; Criminal investigation
  • Knowledge and skill in :
    • database management, information analysis and data integration tools
  • Right to appear in High Court; S2 & 3 of Right of Appearance in Courts Act, 1995
  • LLB or higher legal qualification;
  • Extensive knowledge of criminal or civil litigation
  • B Juris or B Proc
  • Extensive knowledge of criminal law
  • Requirements:
  • Bachelor Degree in Commerce, Serial Sciences or Law
  • Research capability
  • Analyze crime information
  • Compile reports
Career Opportunities



Senior Special


Junior Special




Crime Analyst

careers in management communication
Careers in Management & Communication

Corporate Services, Management and Communication

HR Management

Public Relations

Supply Chain




Internal Audit

Media Relations




Strategy &

Enterprise Risk


recruitment process

Application submitted

Short listing

Pass selection stage



Feedback may be offered

Pass interview

Start date

Pre-employment checks

Letter of offer

Recruitment Process

Jobs regularly Advertised in national newspapers and posted on NPA website

Vacancies Advertised

security clearance and vetting
Security Clearance and Vetting
  • When joining the NPA, all new employees go through screening process, including:
    • Security clearance
    • Criminal checks
    • Vetting
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Security Clearance and Vetting
  • Other screening procedures:
    • Polygraph test
    • Physical fitness
    • Mental health assessment
    • Comprehensive medical examination
    • Driver competency
contact the npa
Contact the NPA

National Office

Victoria & Griffiths Mxenge (VGM) Building

123 Westlake Avenue

Weavind Park, Silverton

Tel (012) 845 6000

Enquiries on job opportunities

General enquiries on the NPA